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 Posted:   Apr 28, 2014 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Jim Bailey   (Member)

Composed and Conducted by BRUCE BROUGHTON
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 276

For the 1988 Touchstone film The Rescue, it was the film’s ending -- the big aerial finale -- that sparked Broughton’s imagination that led into the rest of the score. “It had a big feel-good factor,” Broughton said, “and I thought, ‘I can work backwards on this thing.’ I liked the resolution, the way the kids did their thing. That must have been the reason I came up with such a good theme.” Broughton’s main theme for The Rescue is a sprightly, patriotic melody, whose syncopated opening interval becomes the DNA of the score. Broughton orchestrated the score for a medium-sized, traditional ensemble, along with some scattered Asian instruments, synthesizers, electric guitar, Fender Bass and rock percussion. The resulting palette tastefully blends contemporary pop elements with a Hollywood symphonic sound, with enough local flavor to acknowledge the film’s setting and antagonists. It is a score immediately identifiable with the composer, filled with Broughton’s trademark brass harmonies and orchestral flourishes.

The album was prepared from the two-track stereo scoring session mixes (preserved in perfect condition) made by Armin Steiner at Twentieth Century Fox Studios during February 1988. In addition to the score heard in the film, these complete masters also allowed Intrada to include Broughton’s unused “Diving SEALS” and “News” cues, heard here for the first time.

In The Rescue a gang of four teens (and one kid brother) take military matters into their own hands and outwit an entire communist state. After dismantling a sensitive submarine in enemy waters, four Navy SEALS (Edward Albert, Timothy Carhart, Charles Haid, Michael Phenicie) are captured and held prisoner in a remote prison in North Korea. They’re put on trial for espionage and, if found guilty, will be executed. The U.S. government chooses not to intervene, so their worried children—all-American Shawn (Ned Vaughn), rebel J.J. (Kevin Dillon), tenacious tomboy Adrian (Christine Harnos) and their tech-savvy, wisecracking friend Max (Marc Price)—decide to carry out the Navy’s rescue plan, Operation Phoenix, themselves. This involves stealing military plans, a car and a boat, and navigating the treacherous and hostile waters and land of North Korea. With equal measures of pluck and luck, the kids successfully break into the prison, rescue their fathers and make it back to the airbase to tell the tale.

01. Main Title (4:31)
02. Diving SEALS (1:02)
03. Underwater Rescue (3:41)
04. News (0:53)
05. J.J. (1:18)
06. Nightwork (2:28)
07. Preparations (3:18)
08. The Boat (2:53)
09. Move It! (0:42)
10. At The Border (0:55)
11. Boat Chase (5:57)
12. Into Korea More (3:55)
13. The Monitor (0:57)
14. Dejected (1:06)

15. To The Prison (7:03)
16. Spooling Around (0:53)
17. The Rescue Begins (6:26)
18. The Rescue (7:16)
19. The Plane! The Plane! (6:42)
20. The Landing And End Credits (5:03)
Total Score Time: 67:24

The Extras
21. J.J. (Alternate) (0:53)
22. Armed Forces Radio (1:39)
23. Almost Ready (Source) (2:23)
Total Extras Time: 4:59

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 276
Retail Price: $19.99
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 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

I don't remember this movie but I enjoyed the samples. Thanks Intrada

 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Sounds good to me. THE RESCUE has never had a Region 1 DVD release, but it did appear on laserdisc back in 1989.

 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 1:51 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Ho Yes, This Shall Be Mine!
Thanks Intrada smile

 Posted:   May 5, 2014 - 2:37 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Anyone got their copies yet?
How is it?

 Posted:   Jan 26, 2015 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Roger posted this today over at the Intrada forums:
It's the last day to purchase THE RESCUE or SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER. Both Broughton titles will be out of print after today.

 Posted:   Jan 26, 2015 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Last day, this one is going on carousel today!!!

Good album, very strong action score.

 Posted:   Feb 10, 2015 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I did buy this soon after it came out, but only got around to playing it this week.
No surprise it was 'finished up' by Intrada so quickly.
Little known Broughton scores don't seem to sell that well, it would seem.
It's a tough listen overall, due to the length and nature of the score.
Lots of tension and suspense tracks...noodling around danger music that doesn't work that well divorced from the film, although it is high quality suspense music...almost Goldsmith-like in design.
I imagine it would have made a great Varese 30 minute CD back in the day (although I must add I prefer the complete version, so I can control the 30 minute edit).
It does come to life in the later tracks, once the main rescue sequences kick in.
Another factor is it's very mono-thematic. It's a good theme, very long-lined, but there's hardly any contrast during the play-time to off-set it.
I suppose this is one for Broughton completists (that's me) and it's great that Intrada will release whatever they can by him, regardless of the cost/profit ratio. All those big sellers must finance these 'labours of love'.
I can't believe NO ONE has chimed in about this score since it was released, apart from Sean's brief note above.

 Posted:   Feb 10, 2015 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)


I still think it's a good one, lots of hyper-active 80's action fun.
My barometer for this stuff now is if I get bored and start eyeballing other
CD's to play instead - hasn't happened with this one, so I guess its a keeper smile

Glad Intrada released it, yet another boot/promo/whatever that "thing" was, bit the dust.
Good booklet here too - rather humble notes for a forgotten (even at the time!) film
and the filmmakers seemed to somewhat agree with that! Odd....


 Posted:   Feb 10, 2015 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   jedizim   (Member)

I bought it right before it went OOP. I have given it a couple of spins, and I really enjoy it for the most part. Quite a bit of tension building in the first half with a big strong action blow out in the second half. Really glad I gave it a chance and picked it up as a blind buy!

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 1:15 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

No! I didn't see this post till now and I missed out. This stinks. This score really stands out from the samples. Does anyone know if its available anywhere else for a decent price?

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

No! I didn't see this post till now and I missed out. This stinks. This score really stands out from the samples. Does anyone know if its available anywhere else for a decent price?

It seems many of the usual suspects still offer it at their original price: SAE, the German dealers...

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 1:31 AM   
 By:   TheSeeker   (Member)

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Great minds browse alike, yes! big grin

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I got this and So I Married An Axe Murderer when the OOP alert went up - still have to get to them on the pile but Broughton's never let me down!

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

Thanks guys!

 Posted:   Feb 11, 2015 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   jedizim   (Member)

Still available at Amazon through Intrada:

 Posted:   Apr 28, 2015 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Here's my old Varese-style, shorther playlist, as if this was released at the time of the films' release...runs to about 28 minutes...filters out some of the extra tension/suspense/action stuff, keeping the/my highlights.

1. Main Title
2. Diving SEALS
4. News
5. J.J.
9. Move It!
11. Boat Chase
13. The Monitor
18. The Rescue
20. The Landing & End Credits

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